KSRelief steps up humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

KSrelief field teams periodically carry out inspections to follow up on the center’s projects in various countries.
Updated 22 May 2018
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KSRelief steps up humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

  • KSRelief donated $300,000 to the hospital for the equipment
  • The plight of Rohingya Muslims is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, with more than 705,000 risking death to leave by sea or on foot since August 2017

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) has increased humanitarian efforts providing food and medical assistance to the victims of human rights abuses in Myanmar.
Azzam Obaid, a media adviser at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh, told Arab News on Monday that KSRelief distributed food baskets to needy families in the villages of Arakan province in Myanmar.
Rohingya Muslims, representing the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, live in Rakhine state.
The food basket distribution comes within the framework of humanitarian projects carried out by KSRelief for distressed people in a number of countries including Myanmar.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Moallem, director for health and environment aid at KSRelief, told Arab News that a medical team from the center visited Myanmar and assessed the requirements of the hospital in Yangon, which provides medical services to all in need.
“A specialized medical team by the order of King Salman traveled to Myanmar to provide medical assistance, mainly equipment to the Islamic charity hospital,” said Al-Moallem, adding that the team visited to see the reality on the ground, interact with staff and return an assessment.
KSRelief donated $300,000 to the hospital for the equipment.
The medical team’s visit was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Saudi Embassy in Myanmar. KSrelief field teams periodically carry out inspections to follow up on the center’s projects in various beneficiary countries around the world.
The plight of Rohingya Muslims is said to be the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, with more than 705,000 risking death to leave by sea or on foot since August 2017. They are fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh after the destruction of their homes.
The UN described the offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.